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I am running an Artistx distro, based on Ubuntu 12.04.
Sometimes when I start up, the audio works. Othertimes, it doesn't, and in settings/sound it lists for output, 'dummy output', for input, it is blank, and for hardware, it is also blank.
I went through heck, trying to get sound working before, with a lot of forum hopping. Then on one boot, It was working, and I thought the problem was solved. The next day though when I booted, there was no sound again. since then it sometimes works but mostly doesn't.
I don't wan't to use my windows dual boot, except to once in awhile update the OS, and anti-virus. I've been hoping to just use Linux, but am ready to give up.
Please, will someone help me? I am getting burnt-out.
I should probably have mentioned, that I am on a laptop. I've done aplay, and about everything else, That has been mentioned in a lot of different foums, but here in the result from The command 'aplay -l"
It is the same whether I have sound or not. If I give the command 'pulseaudio -k', then I will have sound on reboot, but the next time I boot after that, there will again be no sound. Another person had the same problems as me, in an old (about 6 mo.) forum discusion, but it wasn't shown to have been resolved.
I still have search results, to look over, but I'm burnt and taking a break from it for awhile. At least I know how to have sound, for the next boot. I just have to enter the command to kill pulseaudio in a terminal, before shutting down.
I downloaded 'pulseaudio-alsa-2-2-any.pkg.tar.xz' from 'http://pkgs.org/download/pulseaudio-alsa'. The file inside it, is 'asound.conf'. I copied this file to '/etc', and rebooted. I've only had one boot since then that didn't have sound. I'm not sure why, but I can deal with the one time. I guess my problem can be considered solved (I hope).
Thanks to those that worked their brain to try to solve this, even if you didn't have the solution.